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Who cares for the nearly 50 million Americans (according to the National Family Caregivers Association) who are family caregivers? What is the most difficult part of caring for a loved one? The most rewarding? How does one juggle the responsibilities of raising a family, holding down a job and caring for an aging parent?

Giving voice to these unsung heroes, Home Instead Senior Care announces the first ever “Give a Caregiver a Break” national essay contest with a call to all caregivers: Send us your stories. In partnership with Caring Today Magazine, the contest is open to all family caregivers, with $10,000 in prizes from Home Instead Senior Care. The top three winning entries will be published in the November/December issue of Caring Today Magazine.

“We know caregiving is a very stressful job,” said Paul Hogan, founder and CEO of Home Instead Senior Care, the world’s trusted non-medical source of senior care with

more than 500 franchises around the globe. “And that’s why we are sponsoring this contest — to give deserving family caregivers a needed break from the rigors of caregiving.”

The joys and challenges of caring for a senior loved one leave little time for the caregiver. “Give A Caregiver A Break” provides a unique opportunity for the millions of family caregivers to share heartwarming stories. In 500 words or less, family caregivers can tell their caregiving experiences, including the challenges they’ve faced, how they’ve embraced their role as a caregiver for a senior loved one, and how a Home Instead CAREGiverSM could make a difference. The entry deadline is July 15, 2006.

The Grand Prize is $5,000 of free care from Home Instead Senior Care, the world’s

largest provider of non-medical companionship and homecare for seniors. Two First Prize winners will receive $2,500 of free care from Home Instead Senior Care. Winning essays will be published in the November/December issue of Caring Today and the top 10 essays will appear on

Winners will receive the services of Home Instead’s CAREGivers. These CAREGivers are screened, trained, bonded and insured, and provide many different services including companionship, meal preparation, light housekeeping, medication reminders, errands, and shopping. CAREGivers can provide service from a few hours a week to 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

You must be 18 years old or over and a legal resident of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia to enter the contest, and only one entry per person is allowed. Entries may be submitted online at or by mail to Caring Today,

1465 Post Road East, Westport, Conn. 06880. Complete rules can be found in the May/June issue of Caring Today or online at or

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